Roundabout 4.17.18

Next Meeting


On April 24 we will meet for lunch in State Room East and West of the IMU. Kate Galvin, artistic director of Cardinal Stage Company, will be our speaker. Kate joined Cardinal last fall after serving as regional director and associate producer at Philadelphia’s 11th Hour Theatre and casting director and assistant to the producing artistic director at Philadelphia’s Walnut Street Theatre.


This Week’s News

Shoutout to Jim Harvey

Fittingly enough, Shalom Community Center named Jim Harvey the first recipient of its annual Jim Harvey Volunteer Service Award. For years Jim has been a tireless supporter of Shalom.

Amethyst House the winner

Ann Connors, chair of the club’s community service committee, announced that Amethyst House has been chosen as this year’s community service project. Amethyst House offers residential and outpatient services for people with drug and alcohol addiction. The committee received 13 outstanding and worthy applications from local nonprofit organizations. The committee is in the process of applying for a matching grant from our Rotary district.

Replacing the irreplaceable Pam

The club is looking for an administrative assistant to help manage club finances and membership, schedule weekly programs, and assist the club president, secretary, and treasurer. Hours are 12 to 15 hours per week, with attendance at the Tuesday noon meeting anchoring a flexible schedule. The position requires proficiency with QuickBooks, standard bookkeeping processes, and computer programs, including Word and Excel. A proactive service attitude is a must. Email resume to

It’s not too late!

Registration for the May 10 Rotary centennial gala has been extended to April 27. More than 250 people already are signed up for this once-in-a-lifetime event. See registration instructions on side panel.

Help plant a tree

May 5 will be the next tree planting. Volunteers are needed from 8 a.m. until noon.


The April 17 program: Roger Hangarter on Plants in Motion

If you hear people talking excitedly about phototropism and gravitropism, chances are they were part of IU Distinguished Professor of Biology Roger Hangarter’s audience on April 17. Rotarians paid rapt attention as Hangarter explained the un-still life of plants.

In his introduction, his colleague Mike Wade told us that Hangarter, an elected member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, received a regional Emmy award for his photography in the four-part PBS series The Natural History of Indiana. With the Chicago Botanic Garden, Hangarter developed a traveling exhibit called sLowLife—Plants in Motion, an exhibit that toured science museums and botanical gardens across the U.S. and Canada and had more than 3 million visitors.

Hangarter’s website, Plants in Motion, averages 1.2 million page views and 30,000 unique viewers per year. His time-lapse photography of plants shows how plants search and respond to their surroundings. In his book The Power of Movement in Plants, Charles Darwin explored plant movement. “Darwin did his observations without a camera,” Hangarter observed, “but with lots of children” to plot plant motion over time.

“Reading about it and seeing it are very different,” Hangarter said. He showed movies from his website that illustrate, for example, how tomato seedlings respond to light (phototropism), how a corn seed planted upside down and growing in darkness still puts its roots down and its shoots up (gravitropism), and how a pumpkin grows much faster in the evening, after the sun goes down (circadian response). Rotarians could understand why the website has received the Merlot Award for Exemplary Online Learning Resources.

“Plants don’t do things we do,” Hangarter said. “We do things plants do.” After all, plants existed long before humans. Plants are not optional, he emphasized. They provide food, oxygen, energy (oil, coal, gas), building materials, clothing, paper, medicine — and beauty.


Our April 17 Meeting


President Mike Baker led the meeting. Art Oehmich was our greeter, and Glenda Murray led the Pledge of Allegiance and introduced us to the second round of our club’s 12 past presidents who also have been District Governor. The six she talked about were Ralph Johnson, Bob Sturgeon, Pat Riggins, Randy Bridges, Judy Witt, and Jim Bright.


Glenda announced that Rotary is on display at the Monroe County History Center. It’s well worth a visit.


Susie Graham introduced our guests:

Bev Baker, guest of husband Mike Baker;

Roger Beckman, guest of Jim Capshew;

Don Glass, producer of WFIU’s “A Moment of Science,” guest of Nancy Krueger;

Kristina Lindborg, guest of Jim Bright;

Anne Lucas, retired teacher, guest of Earon Davis; and

Maria Steenberger, assistant director of IU’s Dhar India Studies Program, guest of Glen Steenberger.



Peggy Frisbie, April 21



Hal Turner, 7 years


Judy Schroeder, Reporter

Charlie Osborne, Photographer